Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1707 (ABH70.008) Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata, (Schrank, 1802)

KR08155

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This species has a forewing which is a varying shade of grey with a distinct central dot and a line of very fine dark dashes/dots along the outer edge. There is usually a narrow, indistinct, straight central cross-band. Other cross-lines are often very faint or absent.

 

There is a rare melanic form f. bischoffaria.

 

Pupates in a cocoon on the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 9-11mm.
Foodplant(s): plant matter
Flying: Two generations, June-July and August-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Woodland, heathland, grassland, gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 62 (23%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 16 April to 13 October

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 31 March to 31 March

Similar Species
Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2